Listen to Vice President of the South African Medical Research Council, Professor Jeffrey Mphahlele talks to Tourism Update publisher, Anton Marsh, about the science behind travel restrictions, when it makes sense to lift them, and vaccines.

About Professor Jeffrey Mphahlele

Professor Jeffrey Mphahlele (PhD, MSc, BSc Med Hons, BSc, MASSAf) is the Vice President for Research at the South African Medical Research Council (SAMRC) since October 2014, the largest African science council dedicated to funding and conducting health research.

Mphahlele’s research interests included epidemiology of HIV, genomics of infectious diseases, vaccination control of infectious diseases (hepatitis B, rotavirus and human papillomaviruses) and strengthening immunisation services and policies. He trained, supervised and mentored several PhD and Master students as contribution in developing the next generation of scientists. He serves on number of governance structures and committees including the General Assembly of the European and Developing Countries Clinical Trials Partnership (EDCTP), Global Research Collaboration for Infectious Disease Preparedness (GloPID-R), South African Health Products Regulatory Authority (SAHPRA), WHO Scientific Advisory Group of Experts (SAGE) Polio Working Group, National Advisory Group on Immunisation (NAGI) and South African National Task Force (NTF) for Laboratory Containment of Poliovirus.